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Eccentric orbits : the Iridium story

Author: John Bloom
Publisher: [London] : Grove Press UK, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the complex and revolutionary satellite system built in the 1990s by Motorola, which was supposed to support a cutting-edge cell phone, but instead became a commercial disaster and resulted in one of the largest bankruptcies in American history.
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bloom
ISBN: 1611855357 9781611855357
OCLC Number: 940363688
Notes: "How the largest man-made constellation in the heavens was built by dreamers in the Arizona Desert, targeted for destruction by panicked executives, and saved by a single Palm Beach retiree who battled Motorola, cajoled the Pentagon, wrestled with thirty banks, survived an attack by Congress, infiltrated the White House, found allies through the Black Entertainment Network, and wooed a mysterious Arab prince to rescue the only phone that links every inch of the planet."--Title page.
Description: xx, 537 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The conspirators --
Nerds, Nazis, and nukes --
The spooks --
The dreamers --
Treasons, stratagems, and spoils --
Rocket man --
Fast Eddie --
Man overboard --
The wonks scramble --
The tower --
Et Tu? --
The fixer --
Chicken little --
Four dead birds in the situation room --
Moose hunters, Marines, and thugs.
Other Titles: Eccentric orbits :
Iridium story
Responsibility: John Bloom.

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The incredible story of Iridium - the most complex satellite system ever built, the cell phone of the future and one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in American history - and one man's  Read more...

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